A Deli and Grocery Store Bursting With Produce

Growing up in his father’s delicatessen in Lalor, Danny Stavropoulos has been involved in the industry from a young age. “I started working with dad, [he’s] been in the industry for over 40 years,” Stavropoulos says. “I started working with dad, [he’s] been in the industry for over 40 years,” Stavropoulos says. Ten years ago,… Continue reading A Deli and Grocery Store Bursting With Produce

A Mega Supermarket Carried Through Generations

La Manna Patrick La Manna’s grandfather arrived in Australia from Italy in 1948. It wasn’t long before he opened his own fruit shop. “My family has been in this industry since 1952,” says the CEO Managing Director. “[From] a fruit shop, to wholesalers and now to a supermarket.” The 10,000sqm retail precinct incorporates meat, deli,… Continue reading A Mega Supermarket Carried Through Generations

A Traditional Italian Deli in the Heart of Melbourne’s Little Italy

DOC Delicatessen Giovanni Luciano Peluso knows a fair bit about fresh Italian produce. Moving to Australia from Italy in 1975, he’s been deli manager of Lygon Street’s DOC Delicatessen since it opened six years ago. “Prior to that, I’ve been working in the street – in the same industry – almost 30 years,” Peluso says.… Continue reading A Traditional Italian Deli in the Heart of Melbourne’s Little Italy

An Iconic Melbourne Institution With Roman Roots

Brunetti Carlton For Bar Supervisor Carlo Mellini, working at Brunetti is a family affair. His father, Achille Mellini (a pastry chef) received a job offer from Brunetti in 2000. That’s when the family moved from Rome to Melbourne. “I come from a family of three generations of pastry chefs,” Carlo’s mother Vincenza works there too,… Continue reading An Iconic Melbourne Institution With Roman Roots

With Stomachs in Melbourne But Hearts In Naples

+39 Pizzeria Toorak Domenico Papa never imagined working in the hospitality industry full-time. He has a master’s in business administration and only worked in Italy’s hospitality scene to pay off university expenses. The first time he visited Australia was in 2014, where he travelled and worked 13 different jobs in that first year. Later, he… Continue reading With Stomachs in Melbourne But Hearts In Naples

A Pizzeria With Vegan and Gluten-Free Friendly Fare

Co-owner Lorenzo Tron has personally visited all of his suppliers nearby and overseas, “so I personally picked all the products that I wanted to use,” he says. It means he knows a thing or two about what he’s serving up, and his passion for the product is transmitted to his customers.   “We attract a… Continue reading A Pizzeria With Vegan and Gluten-Free Friendly Fare